Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

BJP registers protest with EC against Cong's RS nominee Rathwa in Gujarat

BJP registers protest with EC against Cong's RS nominee Rathwa in Gujarat

One of its leaders P K Valera has filed his nomination as an independent candidate with the support of some Congress MLAs.

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday cried foul after the returning officer accepted Gujarat Congress leader Naran Rathwa's nomination for a Rajya Sabha seat, ANI reported.

Congress had on Sunday announced names of 10 candidates for the biennial Rajya Sabha elections in seven states, including Abhishek Manu Singhvi from West Bengal and senior journalist Kumar Ketkar from Maharashtra.

In the affidavit given by BJP leader V Muraleedharan along with his nomination paper for the Rajya Sabha election, there are some serious mistakes, according to reports.

Naran Rathwa, former Union minister of state for railways, submitted a "no due certificate" from Parliament Secretariat, which is normally necessary for any former MP, contesting Rajya Sabha elections.

Naqvi said they have demanded that the Congress candidate's nomination be quashed.

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The BJP said the delay in filing of nomination by Rathwa and the entry of Valera as an Independent show there was an intense "infighting" within the party.

In terms of caste equation, the party has made a decision to field candidates from minority (Naseer Hussain - Ballari), Dalit (L Hanumanthiah - Bengaluru Rural) and dominant Vokkalinga community (G C Chandrashekar-Hassan).

Siddaramaiah had suggested that the AHINDA (minorities, backward classes and Dalits) formula, which has worked successfully for him and for the Congress party, be applied to the Rajya Sabha seats for which polls are being held on March 23.

The term of four members of the Upper House - Rajiv Chandrashekar (Independent), Rahman Khan (Congress), Basavaraj Patil Sedam and R Ramakrishna (Both BJP) - would get ended on April 2, 2018.

Patel said the BJP fielded Rana, former MLA of Limbdi, as a third nominee to take advantage of infighting in the Congress.

The JD (S)' request to the Congress to support its candidate has not yielded positive results with the former pressing for three MPs to be nominated to negate the seat loss from Uttar Pradesh. Political observers, however, believe given their strenuous relations, it will be a herculean task for BJP leadership to convince Sena president Uddhav Thackeray to have his MLAs cast votes in its favour.

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